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Alexander Woollcott
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    (January 19, 1887-January 23, 1943)
    Born in Phalanx, New Jersey
    Drama critic for the New York Times and New Yorker
    Hosted the CBS radio show 'The Town Crier' (1933-38)
    Wrote 'Shouts and Murmurs' (1922) and 'While Rome Burns' (1934)
    Inspired the character Sheridan Whiteside in the Kaufman-Hart play 'The Man Who Came to Dinner'
    In college, he was nicknamed 'Putt,' short for 'putrid.'
    The Shubert theater chain banned him over his caustic reviews.
    He used his radio show to promote his books.
    His editor at the New Yorker called him 'one of the most dreadful writers who ever existed.'
    He coined the phrase, 'All the things I really like to do are immoral, illegal or fattening.'
    He was a reporter for Stars and Stripes during World War I.
    He was a fan of the Marx Brothers, Orson Welles and Spencer Tracy.
    He was godfather to 19 of his friends' children and observed, 'Always a godfather, never a god.'

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